Splendeur du Baroque

The baldachin

The baldachin from the Nave, Photo Céline Vautey

The baldachin

Under the cupola of the dome is the baldachin drawn by Servandoni in 1738.

Four tall monolithic columns of marble from Valais support a big entablature from which rise four strong volutes un golden wood. They support large draperies, soaked in a bath of plaster and they fall harmoniously. Above, the animated canopy of stucco, from where appear little angels, surrounds an earthly globe surmounted by a cross, symbol of the Carthusian monks (“Christ, saviour and master of the world”). The two groups of angels, in marble which animate the balustrade, where made by Fabisch father in 1807.

The baldachin is undoubtedly the most beautiful we can find in France.


Canopy, volutes and draperies
Croix et globe
Cross and sphere



Dais, draperies and volutes

The materials used include:

  • stucco and gold-decorated wood for the capitals
  • stucco for the dais
  • cloth soaked in a bath of liquid plaster for the draperies
  • wrought iron for the iron fittings of the volutes
  • gold-decorated brass with golden leaf for the globe and the cross

From the four strong volutes in gold-decorated wood, around which are wound branches of palms, wide draperies fall below. The draperies were made by soaking cloth in a bath of liquid plaster, which was then painted and decorated with leaves.

Photo Jean-Marie Reffle, Drac Lyon


The Globe and the Cross



The baldachin is surmounted by putti in cardboard stucco holding up the symbol of the Carthusians: the Cross on top of the Globe.



Photo Marie-Claude Dumont


Group of angels of the balustrade


Two groups of angels, in marble, of the sculptor Fabisch, turned towards the altar, enliven the balustrade. They have replaced since the 19th century the cherubs in cardboard stucco of the 18th century.



Photo Jean-Marie Massin, Ville de Lyon